Misión Salesiana de Santo Domingo Things to Do

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    the school for agriculture

    by globetrott Updated Jan 11, 2009

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    the Salesianer-school for agriculture
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    Nowadays the Misión Salesiana de Santo Domingo is at one side a national monument and at the other hand it is still a well-known school for agriculture and while we were walking around the mission we saw quite a lot of pupils of all ages there, a part of them was riding on horses close to the school and we could hear some others in the classrooms. The founder of the salesianer-monchs, Don Bosco from Torino / Italy, can be seen on top of the school-entrance - see my 3rd pic !
    Dont miss to take a look into the museum, see some more pics of its interior on my 4th and 5th photograph !

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    whalebones

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    When walking around the Misión Salesiana de Santo Domingo you will see a lot of whalebones in the grass and also inside of the museum you will be able to learn a lot about animals of that part of the world and you will be able to see a large collection of sea-shells, bugs and other insects, butterflies, plenty of different species of penguins etc. etc.

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    the first house that was built for the mission

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    the first house that was built for the mission
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    This building was the very first house that was built by the Salesianer monks for the Misión Salesiana de Santo Domingo at the end of the 19th century. You are not allowed to enter the building and a chain had blocked also the pedestrian path to the building, so I was not even able to take a look through the windows... ;-((

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    the locomovils

    by globetrott Updated Jan 11, 2009

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    a locomovil in Misi��n Salesiana de Santo Domingo
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    The locomovils were steam-powered vehicles, that were used partly like tracktors and partly also at the farm, where all sorts of machineries were powered that way. You will see 2 locomovils displayed in the garden of Misión Salesiana de Santo Domingo and when you get to Ushuaia,you will find another locomovil inside the innercourt of the prison-museum.

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    agricultural machineries

    by globetrott Updated Jan 9, 2009

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    You will see this in many places in Tierra del Fuego / Fireland :cars and other machineries are standing somewhere, rusting but not thrown away. There are several reasons for that, first of all, iron is not rusting as fast as in other parts of the world and another reason might be, that once such a machinery was taken to the end of the world with a lot of shipping-costs,they might still sell some of its parts as spareparts to someone or use them for other machineries.
    Here in the mission they might also serve to explane some functions to the pupils of the school of agriculture.

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    the church of the mission

    by globetrott Updated Jan 9, 2009

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    Dont miss to take a look inside the small church of the mission, it dates back to the year 1898 and it has an interesting interior. You can enter it freely and without restrictions, you just have to find the right entrance of the long fence that was built around the church.
    This entrance is also the only way to get close to the argicultural machineries that are displayed next to the church - see my other tips !

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    a "house" of the native tribes in Fireland

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    In front of the museum you will find this reconstruction of a traditional "house" of the native people of tierra del Fuego / Fireland. Several trunks of trees are set togeather, it has an opening at one side and moss did cover it on the bottom.
    Just imagine that these people never stayed for long at a single spot, but were nomades, and despite the permanent icy winds of Fireland they were almost naked all the time. Where-ever they stayed, they made a fire and when the ships of the european explorers passed by they created the expression "Fireland" because the coast was full of fires shining along the coastline.

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    Museo Monsenor Fagnano

    by globetrott Updated Jan 8, 2009

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    The Museo Monsenor Fagnano also shows a lot of exhibits about the work of the Salesianer-monks, they first built a church and a school and tried to educate the local people how to make better agriculture and still today they have their school for agriculture there. The collections of the museum were certainly always also used for teaching, partly it also seems to be the hobby-collection of old money-bills, so I saw there quite interesting old bills of 10.000 Kronen of the austro-Hungarian empire, what a surprise in this part of the world.

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    Museo Monsenor Fagnano

    by globetrott Updated Jan 8, 2009

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    Museo Monsenor Fagnano
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    Museo Monsenor Fagnano is the name of the interesting museum is one of the side-buildings of the mission. You will find a lot of exhibits about the 4 native tribes, who where living in Fireland, when the monks of Don Bosco had arrived. These tribes were water-nomads, travelling from one place to the other and they were dressed only with thin furs all year long. Just think of the icy winds even in summertime here and you might understand, that they were eating only meat and fish and they even had a different ordinary body-temperature of over 38 degrees celsius ( human beeings normally will have 36,8 degrees and everything above 37 is feever and you have to stay in bed with such a temperature) These tribes died shortly after the arrival of the white men, partly because they got diseases they were not used to, partly because the white men were hunting there as well and did not leave enough food for the tribes.

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    the 1st catholic mission in Tierra del Fuego

    by globetrott Updated Jan 8, 2009

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    Misión Salesiana de Santo Domingo was the first mission of the catholic church in Tierra del Fuego / Fireland and still today it looks like a small village with 2 churches and a few houses and a fence around all of them. From N3, the Panamerican highway you need to drive through a gate in order to see this place with various museums and places of interest. Drive in, take a parking-space and explore the area on your own. Everywhere the entrance is free, except in the museum, where you have to pay just the small amount of 4 ARG $ (=0,50 Euro)

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